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Visto Corporation, the leading provider of personal and corporate mobile messaging solutions to wireless operators for the broadest set of mobile device platforms, today announced Visto Mobile Personal Edition. Visto Mobile Personal Edition is a flexible set of custom-branded applications and services that let wireless operators provide subscribers with real-time, secure, remote access to their corporate and personal email, PIM and other files directly from their wireless devices.

With the Visto Mobile Personal Edition mobile operators can address a broad range of market segments that include individual subscribers, SOHO (Small Office, Home office), and mobile professionals working for medium and large enterprises. It can be integrated with the wireless operator's networks so that operators can effectively manage billing, user provisioning and customer support.
Visto Mobile Personal Edition provides wireless access to Microsoft Exchange and Outlook, Lotus Domino/Notes corporate email, calendar, address book and desktop- accessible files, as well as to multiple personal/Internet (POP3) mailboxes. Visto supports all popular wireless PDAs/phones using Palm OS (including the new Handspring/palmOne Treo 600), Windows Mobile (Pocket PC and Smartphone, including Windows Mobile 2003), and Symbian platforms, J2ME devices, as well as enhanced wireless phones with WAP browsers. Visto also supports IMAP and SyncML-based email clients on mobile devices.
"Visto Mobile Personal Edition provides the single most requested wireless data application – wireless email and PIM, and combines it in a complete solution for wireless operators to brand and deploy quickly," said Brian Bogosian, chairman, president and CEO. "Visto Mobile Personal Edition is a sure-fire method for increasing average revenue per subscriber and for mitigating churn issues among wireless operators worldwide."
"Wireless Operators are clearly targeting the mobile business user and prosumer for value-added services, including wireless email on the broadly used smartphones," commented Lars Vestergaard, Research Manager, IDC European Wireless & Mobile Communications. "Visto Mobile Personal Edition matches those requirements exactly by offering a push email experience, along with wireless access to updated calendar and contacts, on all popular email platforms."
Visto Mobile Personal Edition is a significant update to Visto's highly successful WirelessInbox solution, deployed through nine wireless operators worldwide. Visto Mobile Personal Edition provides real time access to data, along with over the air synchronization between desktop and smart phones, giving subscribers a solution unmatched by any other wireless messaging solutions provider. For example, subscribers can look-up a colleague's contact and incorporate it into the device's address book without needing to synchronize the entire data set into the phone. Additionally, users are alerted to new email as it occurs, can access emails, contacts, calendar and view attachments, and respond to meeting requests. For maximum efficiency while off the wireless network, subscribers can also view emails, reply or compose new emails to be sent upon next connection, using their smart devices.

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Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications and Research In Motion (RIM) today announced their plans to enable BlackBerry connectivity on Sony Ericsson mobile phones. The first product to feature BlackBerry services will be the P900 Symbian OS smartphone later this year.

Sony Ericsson and RIM recently signed an agreement to enable Sony Ericsson's Symbian OS based phones to connect to BlackBerry Enterprise Server and BlackBerry Web Client services for enterprises and individual users. The BlackBerry services infrastructure and platform has been approved and deployed by operators around the world and thousands of companies and government organisations have already installed BlackBerry Enterprise Server behind their firewall.
The combination of RIM's 'always on' connectivity and push technology that automatically delivers emails and other data to and from a wireless device, makes BlackBerry an efficient and reliable communications platform. The BlackBerry services will be able to run on the P900, while maintaining the existing P900 experience and functionality. BlackBerry connectivity support on the P900 is expected later this year.
"We're delighted to be adding BlackBerry connectivity to the palette of solutions we support with our smartphones, thereby further expanding customer choice. The P900 smartphone is a multi-faceted device which offers productivity, entertainment and communications and our agreement with RIM ensures our customers a proven, market-leading mobile e-mail and data solution," says Jan Wareby, Executive Vice President and Head of Sales and Marketing of Sony Ericsson.
"We are pleased to be working with Sony Ericsson to provide our end-user customers and carrier partners with greater wireless device choices while enabling IT departments to leverage their existing BlackBerry infrastructure," said Don Morrison, Chief Operating Officer at Research In Motion.
"IT departments and consumers are recognizing the productivity benefits that can be gained from wireless access to corporate data and email," said Marit Doving, EVP, Marketing, Symbian. "By adding BlackBerry Connect to the P900, RIM has enabled Sony Ericsson to further exploit the rich functionality of Symbian OS."
The BlackBerry architecture for enterprise customers includes back-end integration with corporate information systems, enhanced manageability and end-to-end security. BlackBerry for individual users enables push-based access to one or multiple internet-based email accounts without the need for a corporate IT platform.
The P900 is a high-quality communications tool for voice calls, text and picture messaging and e-mail, as well as providing full PDA/organizer functions. In addition, it is a camera-phone capable of recording video and still images and also provides a good gaming experience on the 65K colour touch-screen. The wide range of applications available for download enables the P900 to do much more than making voice calls, thereby increasing its value for both consumers and operators. The P900 is based on Symbian OS v7.0 and the established UIQ user interface.

QUALCOMM's MSM6225 solution to enable entry-level voice and data devices

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QUALCOMM Incorporated, pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the MSM6225 Mobile Station Modem chipset and system software to support data-centric and entry-level devices for the emerging WCDMA (UMTS) market.

With the introduction of the MSM6225 solution, QUALCOMM is expanding its WCDMA (UMTS) product portfolio to enable its manufacturing partners to take full advantage of the revenue potential created by the market segmentation and growth the WCDMA (UMTS) industry is experiencing.  Samples of the MSM6225 chipset are expected to ship in mid-2004.
"As WCDMA (UMTS) network rollouts accelerate around the world, operators are demanding WCDMA handsets to address different segments of the market. Our MSM6250 and the new MSM6225 chipsets and system software support the need for segmentation, and enable our OEM partners to address these new revenue opportunities while leveraging their investment in the MSM6250 platform development," said Dr. Sanjay K. Jha, president of QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies.
"With the new MSM6225 chipset solution, our handset partners will be able to offer voice and data phones at cost-effective price points."
QUALCOMM's pin-compatible MSM6225 solution utilizes the same hardware and software platforms as the MSM6250 chipset, which shortens the certification process and development time for faster time-to-market and reduced cost. Building on this architecture, manufacturers can develop a single-platform design and differentiate the handset for operators that require both an offering for entry-level data applications and an offering encompassing the full spectrum of multimedia capabilities. The fully integrated MSM6225 solution means manufacturers can offer dynamic new wireless devices at attractive price points as they introduce and expand their own WCDMA (UMTS) product offerings.
The MSM6225 system solution supports multi-band GSM and WCDMA (UMTS), which will help enable worldwide WCDMA (UMTS) and GSM roaming. The roaming capabilities of the MSM6225 chipset make it an ideal solution for wireless data card and PDA manufacturers who require a cost-effective, high performance wireless modem solution for their enterprise device offerings. The MSM6225 solution includes access to QUALCOMM's BREW solution.
QUALCOMM's BREW solution enables the development of applications, the customization of devices with advanced content including Java Virtual Machines (JVMs), multimedia messaging services (MMS), Web browsers and user interfaces (UI), allowing operators and OEMs to differentiate their products and services to increase revenues. The MSM6225 chipset is also compatible with the Java runtime environment; the J2ME solution can be built entirely on the MSM6225 chipset as an extension to the BREW solution.

Optimised network gaming, real-time communications and security framework for plug and play deployment of global games services

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Ideaworks3D Ltd., a leading provider of advanced mobile gaming technology and content, today launched Airplay 2.0, a connected rich gaming SDK and end-to-end service solution for publishers, network operators and device manufacturers, on the Series 60 Platform. Series 60 is the world's leading smartphone platform, with millions of devices in the market already generating significant demand for high quality mobile gaming experiences.

Airplay 2.0 is a major upgrade to the wireless industry's only commercially proven, turnkey solution for the global provisioning of rich multiplayer mobile games. Airplay's unique architecture dramatically simplifies the development of revenue generating connected games, and offers unprecedented power and flexibility in game provisioning, billing and administration.
Airplay 2.0 will be demonstrated for attendees of the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes February 23rd-26th, 2004.
While the feature-rich Airplay SDK offers developers the option of authoring their connected game for both Symbian OS and Java (J2ME), it has now been optimised for Series 60 smartphones. The Series 60 smartphone architecture provides users with all the basic and advanced cellular phone functions in a compact device characterised by a large color screen, rich communications and enhanced applications.
"Ideaworks3D is particularly pleased to offer Airplay 2.0 first on the Series 60 Platform, which offers numerous advantages to developers, and a rapidly growing market base that is proving very attractive to major game publishers," said Adrian Sack, CEO, Ideaworks3D. "Game publishers and service providers now have access to a globally proven end-to-end solution for rapid and cost effective deployment of connected mobile games.
"Connected gaming represents a radical shift in mobile gaming, evolving from a solitary play experience to new and compelling multiplayer gaming that offers the industry opportunities for driving higher data revenue while delighting mobile gamers," he added.
According to Lee Epting, Vice President of Forum Nokia, Nokia's global developer community, "The launch of Airplay 2.0 is a key component in the infrastructure supporting mobile multiplayer gaming and will allow large numbers of developers to unleash the creative possibilities in this new entertainment category. We're excited that Ideaworks3D has chosen to support the growing community of developers targeting the large installed base of Series 60 devices."
Nokia created the Series 60 Platform and licenses it to leading cell phone vendors Panasonic, Samsung, Sendo and Siemens, who together with Nokia make up nearly two-thirds of global cell phone sales. Series 60 devices feature large, high- resolution screens with up to 65,000 colors, at least 4MB of memory, and support thousands of software titles.
In 2003, Nokia licensed Airplay 1.0 from Ideaworks3D to power the launch catalogue of titles for the N-Gage Arena, the world's first globally available multiplayer wireless gaming service. The N-Gage Arena today delivers the most advanced and compelling wireless gaming experience available on a mobile phone. Ideaworks3D recently received a BAFTA award nomination from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts recognising this outstanding technical achievement.

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First Hop, a leader in mobile middleware, and SFR (France) today announced that SFR has chosen First Hop Wireless Broker for the delivery of application and content messaging services.

SFR is the second largest operator in France with over 14 million subscribers. SFR uses First Hop Wireless Broker to power its value-added messaging business. Today the most commonly used services include applications such as infotainment, news, and gaming. First Hop Wireless Broker products, Message Router and Service Manager, are already in production use at SFR.
"We were searching the market for messaging middleware flexibility, high performance, and service provisioning capabilities that could take our business to the next level", said the SFR project manager. "We selected First Hop Wireless Broker to enhance the quality of our messaging services since it not only fulfilled our general selection criteria, but also came with the trust factor of well-known, production-proven customer references.
"We had very limited time available for adapting and deploying the First Hop solution into our network and existing messaging infrastructure. We were impressed with the speed and professionalism with which the First Hop staff implemented the project, on specification and on time".
SFR is the latest mobile operator to join First Hop’s impressive list of references for First Hop Wireless Broker. The product is already licensed to over 30 mobile networks across the world. The positive development of First Hop has not gone unnoticed in the industry - a few weeks ago, the company won the Finnish Software Industry 2004 Award for International Breakthrough.
"We are truly delighted that SFR has chosen First Hop technology for its fast-growing value added messaging services." states Timo T Laaksonen, CEO of First Hop. "This contract also marks our entry into the French market with First Hop Wireless Broker. We look forward to working in close collaboration with SFR, supporting their significant business growth with quality products and reliable services," adds Laaksonen.

Agree to deploy a variety of Push-to-Talk enabled Mobile Phones on the market
 

ModeLabs, a provider of vertical application devices and turn-key service solutions for operators, and Open-Plug, an innovative provider of embedded software frameworks for the mobile phone industry, have entered into an agreement to provide a range of wireless terminals supporting Push-to-Talk (P2T). The two companies decided to combine their intellectual property and technology to address the growing need for network operators to rapidly deploy turn-key value-added solutions.

Under the agreement, operator specific implementations of P2T based terminals will be developed and sold under operator’s brand name or ModeLabs own brand.  ModeLabs’ solutions address the operator’s need for new service deployment, from the business evaluation phase to market deployment including handset specification, engineering and supply channel management.
 
The offering is based on Open-Plug’s Linux-FlexibleWare which enables easy and rapid integration and deployment of customised terminals on the market. In addition, Open-Plug’s technology enables field-upgrades of any part of the terminal software.
 
“ModeLabs is addressing a real market need by helping operators to quickly deploy customised value-added services like P2T with a complete solution including terminals,” said Eric Baissus, CEO of Open-Plug. He added, “Network operators are demanding more responsiveness from the wireless terminal industry.  We are proud to be part of ModeLabs and the unique market proposition that it offers.  The FlexibleWare technology benefits in terms of market responsiveness and flexibility for customisation are maximised”.
 
“The mobile terminal industry has tremendous bottlenecks in the rapid supply of phones supporting new services like P2T.  ModeLabs objective is to overcome them and provide operators with a complete solution, including a phone offering tailored to their needs” said Henri-Nicolas Olivier, of ModeLabs, “Time to market, customisation flexibility, service deployment and maintenance/evolution through Over-The-Air updates are key differentiators for us, Open-Plug’s Linux FlexibleWareTM offering provides these features in an easy to deploy, safe and non-intrusive way”.

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France Telecom announced today the launch of “MMS Exchange”, an interworking service that enables mobile operators to roll out international data services easily and quickly. With MMS Exchange, mobile carriers will allow subscribers to send multimedia messages without barriers, a key factor in building customer loyalty and enhancing ARPU. In addition to managing an efficient technical interface, France Telecom will also negotiate MMS interworking agreements for operators. France Telecom’s platform is now ready for trials with mobile operators.

“Our service lets mobile operators plug into networks quickly and help improve end-user experience of GPRS. Successful network interworking is one of the basic requirements for multimedia mobile to really take off,” said Patrice Girard-Donnat, VP Voice & Mobile Product Management at France Telecom Networks & Carriers. 

Designed by France Telecom R&D experts, the solution will manage both outbound and inbound MMS traffic. Thanks to a simple and efficient mechanism, customers will be able to exchange their interworking MMS traffic with their partners of choice, including operators that are not France Telecom MMS Exchange customers. This brings flexibility to the deployment of operators’ MMS interworking agreements. The MMS Exchange service is based on France Telecom’s SS7 and GRX services, recognized as market leaders in terms of capilarity and coverage.

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Mobilaris and Ericsson deliver their Location Based Solution Services (LBS) solution to ZAO Sonic Duo (MegaFon-Moscow), operating in the Moscow area for Russian nationwide mobile network MegaFon.

Mobilaris, the Swedish mobile Internet positioning specialists, today announced that it has, in partnership with Ericsson, the leading telecom solutions providersupplier, been selected by MegaFon-Moscow, Russia, to deliver a mobile Internet serviceservice layer platform for deployment of location-based mobile services.
 
Ericsson and Mobilaris won this contract as a result of the tender on LBS solution. In accordance with the agreement signed by three parties, Ericsson delivers to MegaFon-Moscow its LBS solution based on a combination of hardware and software, and Mobilaris supplies its middleware platform for the integration of applications into the operator’s network.
 
Location-based services are forecasted by many analysts to be one of the most important sources of revenue for the operators. Location information is one of the key enablers for different new services in 3G networks.
 
MegaFon-Moscow, as one of the leading LBS operators in the world, has a history of launching many commercially successful applications combined with innovative marketing campaigns. As part of MegaFon-Moscow’s LBS evolution, the market leading LBS Middleware Pacific Ocean™ from Mobilaris is being installed.
 
Location-based services are forecasted by many analysts to be one of the most important sources of revenue for the operators. Location information is one of the most important enablers for different new services in 3G networks.
 
”Mobilaris and Ericsson have proven to deliverdelivered LBS to the other markets  with great success and MegaFon-Moscow is convinced that these companies will bring valuable experience and support to the roll-out of LBS in the Russian market today and tomorrow” - says Leonid Denisov General Director at MegaFon-Moscow. 
 
Mobilaris' core business is to enable operators to create, launch, manage and market mobile services in a faster, safer and more cost efficient way than ever before, by providing a secure investment in the Pacific Ocean™* Service Management Platform. The platform bridges end-user services (Voice Controlled, SMS, MMS, WAP, and Web) and Ericsson’s LBS solution, integrated into the operator’s network. 
 
MegaFon-Moscow will, as part of the delivery, receive a complete toolkit for developing new location-based services with an innovative "plug and play" structure, allowing mobile services to be launched in weeks rather than months. MegaFon-Moscow is now able to allow third party service providers to offer its customers location-based-services in a secure way.
 
"Operators investing in Pacific Ocean™* gain the advantage of significantly lower internal costs for development and resource allocation," said Björn Westerholm, Mobilaris' CEO. "The agreement with MegaFon-Moscow is further evidence that Mobilaris is a world leader in LBS” he added.
 
“We are proud of this first LBS solution supply to Russia,”- said Eddie Ahman, President of  Ericsson Russia. – I believe that Ericsson’s innovative solutions will support our partner – MegaFon-Moscow – to successfully implement many more useful services.”

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Small, flexible in-fill solution for 3G

NEC UK’s 3G Systems division is extending its leadership in the provision of 3G infrastructure with the launch of a ‘Micro Node B’ basestation. Based on NEC’s proven 3G infrastructure technology, the NB-341 will offer a flexible and cost effective in-fill solution to deliver enhanced coverage and capacity for 3G network operators worldwide.

NEC has already claimed its position as the world’s leading expert in the provision and optimisation of 3G network infrastructure and terminals. In the UK, NEC has led the supply of 3G radio infrastructure required by 3, helping to enable the operator to reach over 70% population coverage for its video mobile services in one of the fastest network rollouts in European telecoms history.
 
The 3GPP-compliant NB-341 has been developed by NEC’s world-class R&D teams in Japan. It is small and lightweight yet robust, and can be located on roof-tops, in buildings, railway tunnels or even underground systems to deliver additional coverage and capacity precisely where it is needed.
 
Small and flexible enough to be wall or pole-mounted, the product can be quickly and easily installed in almost any environment. It is equipped with low-noise convection cooling and has exceptionally low maintenance needs, meaning that it can operate in areas that require silence or where maintenance tasks are difficult to perform.
 
“Once the first-phase of network roll-out is complete, operators turn their attention to fine-tuning and optimisation,” explains Jeremy Sheehan, Head of Commercial & Sales, 3G Mobile Systems, NEC UK. “The ability to deploy new sites quickly and cost-effectively will be crucial in extending the reach and capacity of 3G. The NB-341 has been designed to meet this need.”
 
The NB-341 will be sold as part of the portfolio of products marketed by the NEC and Siemens Information and Communication Mobile (Siemens mobile) partnership. NEC and Siemens have developed an unrivalled track record in implementing 3G network solutions worldwide, including the delivery of Europe’s first commercial 3G network for 3 in the UK and Italy.

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The number of chargeable person-to-person text messages sent last month has once again increased on previous figures, with messages sent on New Year’s Day topping 111 million. It is also the first time that Virgin Mobile figures have been included in the MDA’s monthly figures. The total for January is 2.2 billion, an increase of 0.6 billion on January 2003. The average daily total of messages sent in January is 71 million, that’s compared to 53 million in January 2003. In the past the figures consisted of messages sent from four UK GSM networks Orange, O2, T-Mobile and Vodafone, but this month’s total includes text messages sent using the Virgin Mobile service.

Steven Day, corporate affairs director of Virgin Mobile commented:  "We are very pleased to now be included in the MDA’s texting figures, as it demonstrates Virgin Mobile’s growing role as a major player in the field of mobile telecommunications. We are looking forward to a long association with MDA and a continual increase in the popularity of messaging services."

The figures for January appear to confirm the MDA’s forecast of continued growth of text messaging in 2004. It predicts messages sent will reach 23 billion for 2004, equating to 63 million messages per day. That’s compared to an average of 55 million for 2003.  The MDA will continue to monitor the situation with a monthly statistics review  - every month the MDA will post the numbers on its website www.text.it

In releasing today’s figures Mike Short, Chairman of the MDA commented:  "We are delighted to have Virgin Mobile on-board. We can now provide a more comprehensive picture of the growth of text messaging. The latest round of figures confirm what we’ve already forecast, that text messaging usage will continue to grow in 2004 with operators and service providers offering customers greater choice in mobility, ease of use, colour screens, higher speed devices and of course more functionality, coupled with an ever increasing range of services.  With significant choice and competition in messaging services the use of text is also evolving into picture messaging, WAP and instant messaging as people explore the full range of mobile messaging services available to them." 

New takes you inside the smartphone ecosystem

The Series 60 community, headed by Nokia, has opened a new website offering a quick way of finding out what is happening with the Series 60 Platform. As the world's leading smartphone platform, the Series 60 Platform has much to offer operators, enterprises and application developers.

Launched and created by Nokia and the Series 60 licensees, Panasonic, Sendo, Samsung and Siemens, the site serves as the main portal for a wide variety of Series 60 Platform information for all key stakeholders. The website includes six main sections: Terminal Manufacturers, Operators, Enterprises, Product Creation Community, Developers and Devices.

The site is an important new channel for Series 60 licensee content, such as product information, news and documents. It will give visibility on the achievements of Series 60 community member, which consists of licensees, competence centers, contractors and semiconductor vendors.

Developers who are creating applications for Series 60 can find a set of business and technical overviews. In addition, the site has links to the Series 60 licensees' developer sites for relevant tools and software developer kits (SDKs).

Series 60 is currently the leading smart phone platform in the world. It is licensed by some of the foremost mobile phone manufacturers including Panasonic, Nokia, Samsung, Sendo and Siemens. The success of the platform among the licensees ensures a large Series 60 device base and a diverse product portfolio. The licensees, together with operators and developers, drive innovation into the platform exploiting their vast experience and expertise in the mobile communication industry. This relentless innovation assures the solid competitiveness of the Series 60 Platform.

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Nokia has been confirmed as the sole supplier of T-Mobile's 3G WCDMAradio access network in the Netherlands. The deal is part of an international frame agreement under which T-Mobile International, one of the leading mobile communication operators worldwide, has chosen Nokia as a major infrastructure supplier for its 3G WCDMA networks in Europe.

Deliveries have already begun and the network is expected to be operational during second half 2004, potentially serving more thantwo million subscribers with advanced mobile multimedia services.

Under the agreement Nokia is supplying 3G radio-access equipment, andNokia NetActä network and service management system as well as anextensive range of services including Installation, Commissioning,Integration, Project Management and Care Services.

"We are happy to extend our long and successful business relationship with T-Mobile Netherlands from 2G to also include 3G products and services and to support T-Mobile Netherlands in further growing their market share in the competitive Netherlands mobile market," says Robin Lindahl, Vice President and General Manager, Nokia T-Mobile
Customer Business Team.

"This year will see widespread commercial 3G launches. WCDMA 3G brings real efficiency in delivering capacity hungry multimedia  services at the lowest cost and we believe it will be the main radio access platform when operators invest in their multimedia networks,"
he adds.

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TeliaSonera has signed a roaming agreement for wireless fidelity broadband (WiFi) with Orange - the largest WiFi provider in France. The company offers WiFi at over 1,000 locations, called hotspots, in France. This is another step on TeliaSonera's path as the leader within WiFi roaming with the largest number of roaming agreements in Europe

The agreement with Orange in France means that TeliaSonera´s HomeRun customers in Finland and Sweden now have access to mobile broadband connections at over 3 000 locations in Europe in addition to the 450 Swedish and 250 Finnish hotspots. The roaming cooperation complies with the GSM Association's WLAN Roaming Guidelines, IR.61.

TeliaSonera Sweden and Finland already have  roaming agreements for WiFi with several leading hotspot operators. Today, TeliaSonera´s HomeRun customers has access to 3 500 hot spots including roaming agreements in 16 countries. The company continues to unify the roaming agreements of the Profit Centres with the aim of providing equal roaming opportunities for all HomeRun customers. The two-way roaming agreements mean that also the other operators' customers can use HomeRun hotspots in Sweden and Finland to connect to their own operator's network.

With HomeRun, business travelers and other mobile users can connect to the Internet or their own company's intranet when they are on the move. HomeRun is available at airports, hotels, conference and sports facilities, restaurants, cafes and offices.

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Vodafone has announced that it has signed a partner network agreement with CYTA in Cyprus.  CYTA, whose mobile division is branded Cytamobile, becomes the thirteenth Vodafone Partner Network and the latest member of Vodafone’s global mobile community.

Under the agreement, Cytamobile will completely re-brand to Cytamobile-Vodafone, and will market Vodafone’s international mobile services within Cyprus, using the existing Vodafone service names, enabling Vodafone to further expand its global services footprint and to leverage the Vodafone brand.  The companies will also co-operate in developing services to international and domestic customers.

Cytamobile-Vodafone customers will be able to enjoy the benefits of Vodafone’s international services across the Vodafone global footprint, while Vodafone and its partners’ customers will have seamless access to Vodafone’s international mobile services while travelling in Cyprus. 

Peter Bamford, Chief Marketing Officer, Vodafone, said, "Vodafone’s Partner Network strategy is going from strength to strength, bringing benefits to both the local operators and Vodafone. The relationship between Vodafone and Cytamobile will make life easier, and offer better value, for our customers in the region." 

Nicos Timotheou, General Manager, CYTA said, "With this agreement, Cytamobile, which is the local operator, becomes a member of the largest mobile communications network. This is very important for a local company of a small country. The agreement with Vodafone will allow us to enrich the product offering to our customers and further support our vision to become the best competitive enterprise in Cyprus."

Following today’s announcement, Vodafone’s portfolio of global services, supported by its global brand, will be available in a total of 13 Partner Network countries.

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